From a Maryland Jockey Club release

Horacio Karamanos capped a successful opening week at Pimlico Race Course by riding three winners Sunday afternoon. The 40-year-old visited the winners’ circle with Cherokee Empire ($9.40-race 1), Saintly Feelings ($22-race 5) and Citizen Chris ($12.20-race 9).

“It was a good week,” said Karamanos. “The switch from Laurel to Pimlico is good. I took off a month and a half to begin the year so the winter was slow. Business is picking up.”

Karamanos finished the week with five winners from 14 mounts. Three of the victories were for trainer Ferris Allen, including Cherokee Empire and Citizen Chris today and Aunt Ellen in Saturday’s Twixt Stakes.


The third annual Chasin’ for Children Pony Races were held between races Sunday afternoon. Fifty runners took part in the six races.

Race 1-Holwood Farm Shuffle (Lead Line Trot)

  • Winner: Tootsi Pop
  • Jockey: Carly Kern
  • Trainer: Heidi Herzog

Race 2-Scooby Doo Shuffle (Lead Line Trot)

  • Winner: Goose
  • Jockey: Lauren Lively
  • Trainer: Alex O’Neal Lively

Race 3-Mikey Smithwick Memorial Dash (Medium Ponies)

  • Winner: Splash
  • Jockey: Taylor Leatherman
  • Trainer: Taylor Leatherman

Race 4-The Dash For Dreams (Small Ponies)

  • Winner: Hoof Hearted
  • Jockey: Alice Nolen-Walston
  • Trainer: Alice Nolen-Walston

Race 5-The Half-Pint Hustle (Shetland Ponies)

  • Winner: Olney Phunny Bones
  • Jockey: Alice Nolen-Walston
  • Trainer: Madison Norman

Race 6-The Mr. V Special (Large Ponies)

  • Winner: Jordan
  • Jockey: Erin Swope
  • Trainer: Erin Swope

(Featured image, of Horacio Karamanos aboard Citizen Chris, by Jim McCue, Maryland Jockey Club.)